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Comment: Chapter 11 is not business death. (Score 5, Informative) 171

by IcarusMoth (#48074277) Attached to: Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy
It might be important to consider that a company filling for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is not terribly uncommon. The company has no plans to shut down, nor liquidate assets. Ch. 11 is all about restructuring debt so that they can pay off the creditors and return to normal operating procedures. Most people in this thread are treating this like a Ch. 7 which it is not. In fact the difference between the two are so stark that many smart investors will buy into companies that have good prospects and a plan in Ch. 11. It can make a company much much stronger on the back end.

Comment: Re:the solution: (Score 1) 651

by IcarusMoth (#48040371) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine
No. Just no. The Second and Third amendments deal with the nation's founders being paranoid of the potential for their new government to abuse its power. Much of a government's coercive power comes from its army, so, the constitution forbade the creation of a standing national army. On the other hand the founders recognised that the nation would need a way to defend itself against threats both internal and external. Militias would be the answer to that. This is why the second amendment not only give a directive, but also a reasoning.

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state , the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

This is not that hard to understand. Unless, of course, you are intentionally failing to understand it so that it fits into your world view.

Comment: Re:Not illegal (Score 1) 266

I'm sorry if you thought that it was childish. I think that the Team America World Police view of international laws and policies that you expressed bordered on insipid.

Sure, the USA/Israeli semi-religious, hemi-apocalyptic, demi-political, mutually sycophantic, sociopathy enabling relationship; and tacit acceptance of antagonism towards the Palestine and it's people does complicate the issue. But, it only does so insomuch as Israel might send in the Mossad, crack some skulls, and the US will say "You did a bad thing, Izzy. Here is another few billion dollars not to do it again."

But there you go expecting the Palestinians to extradite someone who is apparently bright and more over, reasonably minded to a country that gives 9x the annual aid to their unfriendly, oppressive neighbor. Seems that you are not understanding the realities of international justice and the treaties governing enforcement of international laws.

Comment: Re:who pays for maintenance? (Score 1) 366

The Affordable Care Act, if it does end up being an unaffordable quagmire, is only in that state because it was done while trying to not hurt the for-profit medical insurance industry. We would have been better off with the single payer system kind of like the ones successfully used in every other functional first world country. The way we run our country is ludicrous. Everyone knows the rules, everyone agrees to fair play, then everyone cheats a little so no one actually gets ahead. That is until someone cheats a lot, and gets ahead... then everyone cheats a lot... and back to square one. We like to pretend that getting nickled and dimed is somehow more honorable than just paying the full value for the things which we need. This is only made possible when we fail to see the non-financial and practical value of our free time.

Comment: Re:who pays for maintenance? (Score 1) 366

No no no no no, the ultra rich know that the less you give the working poor the more desperate they become. Desperate people work to survive, the brain in survival mode is not concerned with ethics, morals, or rebellion. The brain in survival mode is concerned with food, shelter and some semblance of homeostasis. The trick is to create just enough desperation within the working poor that a certain percentage are driven to criminal activity and the rest live in fear. And those remaining fearful workers will labor themselves to death in a futile attempt to escape the crime ridden ghettos in which they live.

Comment: My Apple Retail Expeirence (Score 1) 353

by IcarusMoth (#44423521) Attached to: Apple Retailer Facing Class Action Suit Over Employee Bag Checks
I jumped on with Apple Retail in early 2008. As it stands, Apple Retail has one of the better compensation packages for both fulltime and parttime employees. Medical/Dental/Vision, Stock Options, Paid Vacation, Etc. Before Steve Jobs left the company for the last time, he mandated that EVERY Apple Employee be eligible for Health Insurance. More recently, Tim Cook re-adjusted all of the pay compensations nationwide to be more in line with the higher paying/higher cost of living regions (NYC/LA/SF). That said, employees were discouraged from bringing bags into work. However, when bag checks were nessesary the managers at my store would do them WHILE you were clocking out. But that may vary store by store, as a result of this suit though, I imagine that Retail Chain Management will mandate that bag checks be done before or at clock-out, not after. So, benefits, awesome. Pay, not bad. Stock options, yes. BTW, the managers check each other's bags.

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